This summer Louisa Edgerly has spent May, June, and July on our coaching staff. She has been coaching in our week and weekend camps, as well as doing private lessons for guests at the Center. In May Louisa returned from a two-year stay in Istanbul, Turkey where she worked as a freelance journalist and taught English to refugee children. This fall, Louisa will be attending the University of Washington in Seattle to begin her doctoral work in international communications. Her article, "Sculling in the Shadows of Byzantium", was published in The Rower's Almanac 2004-2005 edition and tells about rowing in Istanbul. While Louisa is studying, Janim, her white dog with brown ears will be chasing sticks along the shores of Lake Washington.
Louisa learned to row in 1986. She spent four years on the Cornell varsity, finishing as high as second at collegiate Nationals twice. She was a member of the 1993 US National Team as a sweep rower and in 1994 was thrilled to discover sculling. She has never looked back since. Highlights of her sculling career include winning the Women's Open 2x event at the Natchitoches Rowing Marathon in Louisiana and competing at the 2001 Masters World Championships in Montreal. She coached masters scullers at Cygnet Boat Club in Weston, Mass. and taught adult learn-to-row classes for two years. If you would like to meet up with Louisa in Seattle her email is email@example.com. Louisa will be returning to coach at Craftsbury in 2005.